2019-20 NBA – Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 22:00 (UK)

Where is Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets taking place? Toyota Center

What channel is Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets on? AT&T Sportsnet Southwest, Fox Sports North, NBA TV Canada

Where can I stream Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, Fox Sports GO

Where can I get tickets for Minnesota Timberwolves @ Houston Rockets? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Minnesota Timberwolves 105 – 125 Houston Rockets

THE TEAM NEWS

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

  • The Timberwolves have been disappointing this season although they enter this game following a 116-102 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. They have been on the rise of late having won three of their last four contests, but they still sit 11th in the Conference standings with a 15-22 record.
  • Minnesota might not have star center Karl-Anthony Towns since he is questionable due to a knee injury, and it’s uncertain whether he will be able to play. If he’s out, then Gorgui Dieng will continue to see heavy minutes at center. Jake Layman has been listed as out due to a toe injury.
  • Considering Towns’ absence, Andrew Wiggins will once again be Minnesota’s main scoring threat. The versatile guard is having his best season in 2019-20, as he is currently averaging a career-high 24.0 points per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

  • The Rockets are coming off a 113-92 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that defeat ended their three-game winning streak. Owners of a 3-2 mark over their last five contests, Houston sit in fourth place of the Western Conference standings with a 25-12 record.
  • Houston welcomed Russell Westbrook back from his one-game absence, so it’s safe to assume he will remain as a starter moving forward. The Rockets will only have two absentees in Nene Hilario and P.J. Tucker, but neither should play much of a role even if they were available.
  • James Harden has been on a tear this season, and Houston’s shooting guard should undoubtedly be the team’s player to watch in this game. He has scored 40 or more points in three of his last four games, and he is currently averaging 37.9 points on 37.4 minutes per game this season.

THE PREDICTION

Minnesota might be riding a decent stretch of form thanks to three wins over their last four contests, but they remain a very inconsistent team. Meanwhile, the Rockets have been one of the best squads in the Western Conference during most of the season and they should have their star duo of Harden and Westbrook available for this game. If we also consider Minnesota own a 9-11 mark on the road while the Rockets are 13-4 at home – while winning each of the last four – then the Rockets should be favourites ahead of this matchup.

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